The port of Lyttleton on Christchurch's eastern borders has long been the destination of cruise ships arriving from overseas or domestic waters. This busy port is also the major trade gateway to New Zealand's South Island handling thousands of goods and containers every year. It is from Lyttleton (and Akaroa), that Christchurch's local cruises depart - just 30 minutes drive from the City Centre Motel accommodation. On a local cruise you can enjoy exploring the beautiful waters, scenery and history of the Banks Peninsula.
Your choices for cruise accommodation in Christchurch at City Centre Motel include:
- Akaroa Cruises - Akaroa, a former French and British colony, is Canterbury's oldest town and was once known as a whaling centre and Maori settlement. The area is unique for its heritage roses, micro climates, local arts, the Akaroa Herb Farm, charming streetscapes and historic churches. It has its own swimming beach and other beautiful, deserted beaches at Okains and Le Bons Bays are within 30 minutes. 'Swimming with Dolphins' cruises are popular and include swimming alongside the world's smallest and friendliest dolphins in the harbour. Alternatively, you can choose a nature cruise enabling you to view the local wildlife and scenery without getting wet.
- Diamond Harbour Cruises - Enjoy the views of Banks Peninsula from the waters that were once described as looking like a thousand diamonds (hence the name, Diamond Harbour). A ferry has been crossing the waters between Lyttleton and Diamond Harbours since 1888. Once in Diamond Harbour, you can enjoy a picnic lunch, visit Godley House, stroll around the clifftops or swim from the beaches.
- Quail Island Cruises - Originally used as a quarantine station and small leprosy colony by early European settlers, Quail Island is a great little destination for a half-day of history, walking and swimming. Don't forget to pack a picnic as you will only have what you take with you!
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